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Geriatric Care Manager

What Is A Geriatric Care Manager? A Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is a person who has been trained to work with seniors, families, guardians, and caregivers. Your GCM should have training and experience in one of several areas: nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology. Why use a Geriatric Care Manager? A GCM can assist family members, […]

Help Without the Push of a Button?

Getting Help Without the Push of a Button? Seniors are living longer and remaining in their own homes.  At the same time, falls have become an epidemic problem that jeopardizes seniors’ chances to live independently. Every year in the U.S., one out of three people age 65 and over will fall. This statistic translates to […]

DMV-Issued Disabled Parking Permit

Important Information for Persons With a DMV-Issued Disabled Parking Permit The 2009 Legislature passed Senate Bill 937, which requires all persons applying for an original or renewalof a disabled person parking permit to submit certification from a medical professional that the applicant is a person with a permanent disability. In the past, only original applications required […]

Negative Inheritance

Will You Leave a “Negative Inheritance” for Your Children? What is a negative inheritance? That’s what happens when the amount your children pay to provide for your care exceeds what they will inherit. If your assets may not cover the cost of care, that may mean your family pays out of their own pockets. They […]

What Does It Mean To Be A Self-Governed Community?

What Does It Mean To Be A Self-Governed Community? Due to some medical problems, my children suggested I think about moving closer to one of them. I was living in the Seattle area, and had a son near Portland and a daughter near Denver. Having grown up in the Portland area, and having no desire […]

End Of Life Care

Choices For End Of Life Care There are many options available to you when facing end of life care. Where you choose to live will have a significant impact. Adult Family Homes (AFH) Adult Family Homes provide a home-like setting and accept 4-6 people. Inquire about the education, training, license and credentials of the staff. […]

Exercise Can Ease Arthritis

Exercise Can Ease Arthritis Hiking the Columbia Gorge. Walking the coastline of Cannon Beach. Strolling the waterfront of downtown Portland. There are countless ways to keep active in your retirement in and around our beautiful city! If the mention of these activities excites you, but you’re worried about the impact of joint pain on your […]

Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services

Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services provides options to help you stay independent, healthy, active, and involved in your community. Veteran Services The program ensures that veterans, their families and survivors receive all entitlements provided by Federal and State law. A Veteran Services Coordinator (VSC) serves as the advocate and assists in filing initial […]

Good Nutrition Helps Preserve Independence

Good Nutrition Helps Preserve Independence Undernourishment and malnutrition are serious problems for America’s growing 65 and older population. While estimates vary widely, the American Dietetics Association has reported that between 35 percent and 85 percent of seniors are at risk for being under or malnourished. The need for awareness about senior nutrition is growing by […]

Oregon’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

Oregon’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program The Long-Term Ombudsman Program advocates for quality of life and care for residents in nursing homes, residential care, assisted living facilities, and adult foster care homes. Federal and state authority mandates ombudsmen to identify, investigate, and resolve complaints made by, or on behalf of, residents and to provide services to […]

4 Steps to Help Plan for Disability

4 Steps to Help Plan for Disability No one likes to think about the possibility of their own disability or the disability of a loved one. However, statistics are clear that we should all plan for this possibility. The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 70% of Americans age 65 or older […]

Caregiver Registries, In-Home Care Agencies and Non-Profit Listing Services/Classifieds?

Caregiver Registries, In-Home Care Agencies and Non-Profit Listing Services/Classifieds? What is a Caregiver Registry? A registry is a broker service that matches independent caregivers to consumers. In this model, the consumer selects and hires the caregiver directly for a referral fee, which may be ongoing, temporary, or a one-time, up-front fee. Here’s how it works: […]

Be Cautious As You Invest

Be Cautious As You Invest Does it sound too good to be true? It’s essential to ask yourself this question when a “can’t fail”  investment opportunity comes your way.  In today’s sluggish economy it is tempting to grab at an offer to make up the losses in your retirement nest egg. Unfortunately there are people […]

A Guide to State Regulations & Terminology

A Guide to State Regulations & Terminology Assisted Living Communities offer housing alternatives for older adults who may need help with dressing, bathing, eating, and toileting, but do not require the intensive medical and nursing care provided in nursing homes. Assisted living facilities may be part of a retirement community, nursing home, senior housing complex, […]

“I Still Do!!” – Every Marriage Matters

“I Still Do!!” – Every Marriage Matters Since 2003, Every Marriage Matters and local business host a dessert and coffee social celebrating longevity in marriage. The event, which is for couples that have been married for 25 years or more, is free of charge, and the goal is to encourage and acknowledge that 25 years […]

Reverse Mortgages Provide Additional Income, Security for Seniors

Reverse Mortgages Provide Additional Income, Security for Seniors According to the Administration on Aging, one-third of Americans age 65 and over depend on Social Security benefits for approximately 90 percent of their income. However, these senior homeowners may have an opportunity to live a more comfortable and financially independent lifestyle by securing a reverse mortgage […]

Senior Housing Options

Senior Housing Options Recently, there has been a proliferation of senior housing communities. Families have many choices when the need for a senior housing facility arises. With so many new options in senior housing, it is important to seek professional assistance in order to make the right choice. One resource is a senior housing referral […]

The Oregon Long Term Care Partnership Program A Successful Alliance Between Business and Government

The Oregon Long Term Care Partnership Program A Successful Alliance Between Business and Government Oregon implemented the Long Term Care Partnership Program effective January 1, 2008. Prior to the Partnership Program, families had to spend their life savings to pay for a family member requiring long term care before qualifying for Medicaid, impoverishing the remaining […]

Stay Healthy at 50

Stay Healthy at 50 Get the Screenings You Need Screenings are tests that look for diseases before you have symptoms. You can get some screenings, such as blood pressure readings, in your doctor’s office. Others, such as mammograms, need special equipment, so you may need to go to a different office. After a screening test, […]

Building a Stronger Community Through Intergenerational Programs

Building a Stronger Community Through Intergenerational Programs The Benefits of Intergenerational Programming  Over the past twenty years there has been a growing amount of literature and research which identifies a trend in which younger people and older senior adults are becoming more and more separated in terms of living arrangements and social, recreational outlets. As […]